Have you heard of Energy Star? By this point, the majority of Americans know and recognize the blue Energy Star logo like a regular consumer brand such as Kraft or Adidas. It is splattered throughout the appliance and electronic worlds, but also in building materials, lighting, and HVAC equipment. Energy Star has come to be a sign of quality and efficiency that many consumers consider when making a purchase.
So, how can this same mindset be used to enhance your building?
Portland, Oregon is looking at their drinking water in a new way. Last year a Portland-based startup, Lucid Energy, helped the city generate its power by installing small hydro-turbines in the city’s drinking and waste water pipes.
The system utilizes the energy available in water flowing downhill to power nearby things like street lighting and even individual buildings.
The system is expensive and only works in areas with elevation changes that cause water to flow naturally downhill.
Bob Hausmann, President of Entriq Solutions, has seen many trends evolve in the architectural industry over his career. Bob recently shared his thoughts on the rise in sustainability based design:
Long ago, as an architectural student, I was taught the value of good design: selection of a site, placement of the facility on the site, making use of durable products, staying abreast of new technologies, etc. When pulled together correctly, an architect creates a facility that addresses the owner’s...
Ever feel like the sales representative you're talking to doesn't really have your best interest at heart: more like they are just trying to find a way to convince you that you need their brand of widget? But then again maybe they are making the correct suggestion. How do you know?
We've all been there. Although that lack of customer-care has always been a problem with some company cultures, the Entriq Solutions team has found that one of the biggest root causes is a lack of vendor neutrali...
The Entriq team recently joined the volunteer effort of local non-profit Brigid's Path.
Brigid's Path is an organization that seeks to bring newborns already exposed to harmful substances into a home-like setting to recover compassionately and safely.
Over the course of several days, the Entriq team joined over 100 volunteers from around the Dayton region to help tear down walls, remove ceilings and floors, and clear the entire building for the upcoming renovation. The renovated Brigid's Path...
There are many facets to successfully managing a large facility. Facility owners and representatives are often kept busy with assuring the building supports the core mission of the occupants to minimize tenant vacancies; assuring health/safety/emergency-preparedness; working through real-estate transactions; and assuring functionality by maintaining the day-to-day operation of the systems. The list goes on.
Although energy costs are significant, facility managers often don’t have the t...